More time in port. More freedom to explore
A P&O Cruises holiday offers the freedom to explore each destination, particularly if you stop in port for the evening or an overnight call – and in 2021-2022, we’ve got a great line-up of world-class cities and lesser-known gems.
An overnight will often follow a full day in port, so you’ve time to linger longer and to experience a destination as the locals do, including eating your way around town, catching a local performance or partying the night away under a starry sky.
Experience Lisbon’s legendary fado scene. Chill on the beach to watch a dazzling St Lucia sunset. Take a late-night dip in Reykjavik’s thermal pools or get a taste for Tenerife at one of the islands many panoramic restaurants… many unforgettable experiences await you with a P&O Cruises holiday with evening and overnight calls.
As the evenings get longer, we’re thinking once more about our favourite cities to enjoy when the sun sets. Here’s a little travel inspiration for all you sofa explorers
We’re itching to roam a bit further afield and can’t wait to set sail on cruise holidays with even more exciting time spent on shore. Evening and overnight stays give you the chance to explore that little bit further, letting you immerse yourself in somewhere new or see a different perspective of a destination you may already know. Set your virtual explorer free with a taster of five fabulous destinations.
Admire the bright lights of Amsterdam*
Amsterdam’s nightlife is legendary and is yours to explore around the clock. The bars, clubs, cabarets and renowned Red Light District have long been a draw for party people – and we’ll all be in the mood to cut loose. However, we’re thinking of a more relaxing nocturnal adventure, away from the madding crowds… Take a night-cruise along the city’s historic canals (there are 165 of them that add up to more than 100km of waterways throughout the heart of the city). Sit back, relax, and wine and dine as you float through historic quarters along canals lined by trees and impressive buildings, all lit up to magical effect. For another alternative view, head up to one of Amsterdam’s highest points, the A’DAM Tower, where bars, restaurants and viewing platforms allow you to soak up twinkling vistas of the city below.
* Amsterdam (from Ijmuiden)
Feel the rhythm of Lisbon
By day, the Portuguese capital offers a wealth of historic, foodie and cultural treats. When the sun sets, this big-hearted city pulsates with a laid-back and lively scene. The boho Bairro Alto has it all: atmospheric hilly streets lined with cafés, bars and restaurants and a friendly local crowd who come out late – don’t worry, you’ll have the whole night to join them with an overnight stay. For a dash of glamour, the swanky Skybar terrace on top of the Tivoli hotel is the place to be. Live it up with lush cocktails, great food and the best views in town.
For a unique evening, drink up Lisbon’s unique fado scene. The melancholy refrains of this musical artform fill the night sky with echoes of struggle, pain and passion. Find your spot in a small local bar for an intimate experience. The bijou Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos is another music-lovers’ haven. Book ahead to see the nation’s finest musicians perform programmes featuring well-loved composers – then head off for tapas and tipples long into the night.
Soak up the midnight sun in Reykjavik
In summer, the sun barely sets in the world’s most northern capital city so set your sights on magical wanderings around this lively and charming city with an overnight stay. A huge variety of Icelandic craft beer can be savoured in the city’s many cafés and bars with good foodie options, from casual to fine-dining. Reykjavik’s friendly locals love to dance, so join in the action at Paloma or a more intimate live music venue such as Húrra. For a taste of Iceland’s wild wonders, head for Nauthólsvik Geothermal Beach for a late-night stroll or even a swim (the water is heated via a hot-water pump).
Stir it up in St Lucia
With its stunning scenery, crystal seas, white-sand beaches and friendly locals, it’s hard to leave St Lucia. With a late departure you’ll get a chance to soak up the sunset vibe. The island’s passion for music, song and dance come alive at Gros Islet’s legendary ‘jump ups’ – every Friday at sunset, locals fire up their barbies, pull out the chilled beer and set up table-top street bars and food stalls for all to join in. Rodney Bay Beach, one of the island’s best, is a great spot to watch the sun go down and Rodney Bay Village is a one-stop-shop for cocktails, food, dancing and fun with music venues, clubs, up-tempo soca bars and cool reggae joints.
Stroll romantic St Petersburg
During the White Nights, the period from May to July when the sun barely sets, St Petersburg is at its romantic best. And with an overnight stay, you’ll enjoy two full days to fall in love with this city. Built on the mighty river Neva with a stunning network of canals and waterways, this historic jewel and grand former imperial capital is like no other. Famed for its world-class artistic riches and sumptuous architecture, St Petersburg oozes confidence and style. If you’re not catching an evening ballet, concert, opera or night exhibition, the city itself is a work of art to explore. In the evening hours, stroll along elegant canals lined with Baroque and Neo-classical palaces. Cross historic bridges (there are 342 of them) for uninterrupted illuminated vistas. Look up at soaring cathedrals and colourful domed churches. Wander in beautiful parks, gardens and green riverside spaces. When you’ve had enough of walking, take a midnight canal and river cruise to immerse yourself in the magic some more.
Take in the beauty of Tenerife
Tenerife’s top attraction, quite literally, is the towering Mount Tiede. At 3,718m above sea level, the volcano is Spain’s highest mountain and one of the Canary Island’s most impressive vantage points. Hop in the cable car to the top and stroll the trails around the summit’s 800m crater to take it all in. With a late departure, you can linger longer and enjoy sunset views of the pine forests, coastline and neighbouring islands beyond – you may even start to see astonishing stars coming out to play (Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for stargazing). If you’d prefer your sunset view with a cool drink and some of the island’s best local cuisine and seafood, make a date at Panorama restaurant in Las Galletas – there's no better way to round off a day’s exploring.
Our favourite cruises with overnight and evening calls
- 2021 Cruise Holidays
- 2022 Cruise Holidays